Imagine. What would have happened if Goldilocks had stumbled upon the home of three goats, or three llama, or three squirrels, or three of any other species besides humans or bears? Think about it for a few minutes. How would this impact the story? What kinds of possessions would she find in the new three’s home? How might she interact with them and the three animals. Now, make a timeline of your new story. Write a brief description of each key event (and if you feel ambitious, draw a quick sketch—who knows? You may end up with a graphic storybook). Now choose one event from your proposed story and write it out as a scene—complete with characters who live and breathe, a rich and detailed setting, and the king of conflict that sucks readers into a story for the long haul. When done, share your scene with your writing companions. Compliment the strengths and originality of each others scenes. Post your timelines (in the form of a list) here on the blog and the scene you wrote with it. I would love to see where your story took you! Have fun!
Published by Debby Zigenis-Lowery
I am an author, speaker, and high school writing teacher/librarian. I love to read, write, and encourage others. I write poetry, retell folktales, and pen folkloric and historical fantasy novels for both middle grade readers and adults. My mission is to write entertaining fiction full of magic and heart, and to encourage my readers to wonder, marvel, and follow their dreams. An avid reader of fantasy--for all ages, I also love historical fiction, and my latest favorite genre is historical mystery, although I could never imagine trying to write one! Here at Literate Lives, I blog about many aspects of pursuing a literate lifestyle in our high speed world. I hope, in my own small way, I can help parents, teachers, and writers nurture a reading/writing lifestyle in both home and school. View all posts by Debby Zigenis-Lowery